Cholesterol Drugs: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:32 by admin
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring, waxy, fat-like substance found in all parts of the body. Cholesterol is necessary for your body to function normally and it is used to produce hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids that help digest fat. The body only requires a small amount of cholesterol to meet these needs. Excess cholesterol is deposited in arteries, contributing to heart disease.

Sometimes doctors prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs. There are several different classes of cholesterol reducing medications including statins, resins, probucol, fibrates and niacin. Statins are the most effective as they act to inhibit the liver enzyme hMG CoA reductase. Mevacor (lovastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin), Lipitor (atorvastatin), and Baycol (cerivastatin) all belong to the statin family.

On August 8, 2001 Baycol was removed from the market due to its tendency to cause myositis, a muscle disorder that may lead to a potentially fatal kidney condition known as rhabdomyolysis. In addition, on August 9, 2001 a european drug adivisory panel announced it would investigate the safety of all statin drugs. All statins may cause myositis and rhabdomyolysis, especially when combined with the antibiotic Biaxin (clarithromycin), the anti-fungal drug Nizoral (ketoconazole), the blood thinning drug Coumadin (warfarin), or Gemfibrozil (lopid), another cholesterol lowering drug. Furthermore, there is evidence that concurrent use of statins and the drug cyclosporin may be harmful. Click on the drop-down box below to learn more about statins, including Baycol. It should be noted that with the exception of Baycol, most doctors believe that the benefits of statin therapy outweigh the risks associated with this class of drugs.

See your doctor if you are concerned about the safety of statins or if you have experienced serious health problems after taking any of these drugs. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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See Also

  1. Baycol / Cerivastatin Overview
  2. Crestor / Rosuvastatin
  3. Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs: Overview
  4. Gemfibrozil / Lopid
  5. Lescol / Fluvastatin: Overview
  6. Lipitor / Atorvastatin
  7. Mevacor / Lovastatin: Overview
  8. Pravachol / Pravastatin: Overview
  9. Zetia / Ezetimibe
  10. Zocor / Simvastatin
  11. Vytorin / Ezetimibe/Simvastatin
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